Homeless theatre: how to engage hard-to-reach audiences

For over 20 years, Cardboard Citizens has been engaging with hard-to-reach audiences. Our main focus has been homeless and ex-homeless people, and those at risk of homelessness. Our most successful tool of engagement has been forum theatre, a technique created by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal where actors or audience members can stop certain sections of a performance in which a character is being oppressed. The audience can then suggest different options or actions for the actors to carry out on-stage, in an effort to change the outcome of the story. Read more.